13 January 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge - 13 January 2016

1. Share one thing that really makes your day.

Leaving the place where I work makes my day! While there are some fun moments, and even some sweet ones, mostly it is just one headache after another and I'm anxious to leave before I even get there.

2. Lots of these kinds of lists out there, but one found here says the fifteen most colorful places on earth are: http://thesundaychapter.com/2016/01/15-most-colorful-places-in-the-world/

Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy~Burano, Italy~Havana, Cuba~Rio de Janiero, Brazil~Chefchaouen, Morocco~Balat, Istanbul, Turkey~Menton, France~Jodhpur, India~La Baca, Buenos Aires, Argentina~Guanajuato, Mexico~Capetown, South Africa~Valparaiso, Chile~Wroclaw, Poland~San Francisco, California~and Pelourhino, Salvador, Brazil.

Of those listed which would you most like to see up close and in person? Of all the places you've seen or traveled in your own life, what would you say was one of the most colorful?

I would choose Italy out of all of those listed, and maybe Poland.

The most colorful places that I have traveled in my life are in the place that I left behind when we moved to Texas in 2004: the Blue Ridge Parkway at the gorge in the fall and the historic city of Charleston, South Carolina. The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina wasn't too shabby, either!

3."Everything you want is on the other side of fear." Jack Canfield. In general, would you agree or disagree with that statement? Why?

I don't know about absolutely everything I want being on the other side of fear, but I think mostly that this statement is correct. There is a fear of failure, a fear of the unknown, and both are wreaking havoc on me these days. I am afraid to take the leap with my business idea because I don't know what will happen. I can't afford to fail, yet I can't afford not to try, either. I know that I am not the only one out there being held back by the fears and the incessant "what ifs". If the fear of failure and the unknown can be overcome, then one can possibly have what one wants. If not, well…I guess one just stays on the wanting side of things because it isn't going to happen on its own. I can't think of anything that I want that doesn't involve some sort of risk, either physically, emotionally, or financially.

4. Imagine you're stranded on a desert island and dessert appears...what do you hope it is? Do you ever struggle to remember which spelling is desert and which is dessert?

I would hope that it was cheesecake with strawberries and strawberry sauce!
Yes, I often have trouble remembering which one is which, but I just thought of a way to remember. "Desert" is missing the "s" because the rattlesnake has it!

5. What song almost always makes you cry?

Streets of Heaven, by Sherrie Austin.

The first time I heard this song, I was driving, on my way to get David and the kids from church. They got into the car telling me about the Bibles they had been given. I burst into tears. They thought that I was crying because I wasn't given a new Bible, too. That wasn't it at all. Once you hear the song, you'll know why I was bawling my eyes out. It was the saddest, most mournful song I had ever heard.

Another one that makes me cry most every time is A Dozen Red Roses, by Tammy Graham.

Okay, I know you only asked for one, and I've already posted two. But, I cannot fully answer this question without including Amazing Grace on the bagpipes. It was played by a piper at my father-in-law's funeral way back in 1987. It still gets to me and I guess it always will.

6. January is National Soup Month. Everything from soup to nuts, in the soup, thick as pea soup, souped up...which saying most recently applies to your life in some way? Explain.

"Everything from soup to nuts" I think would be most applicable these days to my life. There are some "soup" folks…the serious and hearty and really caring folks. "Nuts" speaks for itself and that would cover a large number of the rest.:-)

7. Write a two word note to your younger self. What does it say?

Red flags.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. 
~ Isaiah 43:2, King James Version ~

Trust quote:

"Your words must match what you do. In so many words, you need to show sincerity with your words." John Garret

Trust quote source: Inspirational Words of Wisdom 


  1. I'm a bit partial to this, but I agree with you about the Southern Appalachians!

    1. I think that area is the prettiest in the United States. I sure do miss home. Ireland takes the prize for Europe. :)

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I went to your blog, too, and am following you now on various social media. Have a blessed evening!

  2. I enjoyed your answers... I love cheesecake too!

    1. Thanks, Debi. :-) What is your favorite type of cheesecake?


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